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Box Canyon Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Sacramento River

Box Canyon Info
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Put In:  Below Box Canyon Dam
Take Out:  Dunsmuir
Difficulty:  Class IV , Class V
Gradient:  93 ft/mi
Run Length:  7 miles
Good Level:  300-1200 cfs on the Delta Gauge
Season Comments:  April, May, June
Permit:  Not Required at this time.
Water Craft:  kayak,raft
Wilderness:  No but scenery is good with views of Mt. Shasta.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (CA), 220 Miles North of Sacramento, CA
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: From I-5 take the central Mount Shasta exit. Turn left, cross the freeway, and turn south onto Old Stage Road. Follow this road to where W.A. Barr Road forks to the right. Parking is tight on river left at the bridge over the reservoir so be considerate. The climb down to the river, even with fixed rope, is arduous with heavy boats. From here, finding the river and actual put-in is difficult. You can find a good description on cacreeks.com.

Take-out: Exit I-5 at the north side of Dunsmuir, where several motels are visible from the freeway. Drive downstream to a dirt road that leads unter the I-5 bridge, or drive upstream to where a sideroad crosses the river on a bridge. Parking is plentiful in either location. There are other possible take-out spots in Dunsmuir.

Towns near Box Canyon Kayaking

Arcata California
Ashland Oregon
Chico California
Klamath Falls Oregon
Mt. Shasta California
Redding California
Sacramento California

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